Council invites applications from local communities to apply for grants

East Devon District Council has funding available for village halls, community shops and other community buildings in rural areas.

The grants, which have been available from the council for a number of years, can be used to help refurbish, improve or even build village halls, community shops and community buildings in rural areas (those in towns are not eligible).

Last year successful projects included improvements to the roof at Beer Mariners Hall, replacement of the fire doors at Chardstock Village Hall and funding towards setting up Otterton Community Shop.

You can apply for a maximum of £5,000 and there must be match funding available of at least twice the amount of the funding from other sources plus local fundraising. So, for a grant of £5,000 you would need to show that you can obtain £10,000 from elsewhere.   The closing dates are 31 July 2015 and 27 November 2015.

To find out more go to our website or phone Jamie Buckley, Community Engagement and Funding Officer on (01395) 517569 or via e-mail.